June 2, 2009
I mentioned on May 29th that CJ allows you to create and manage product catalogs now. This is great. You can create a product feed and have it available in your FTP directory (or whatever delivery method you wish). For my personal set up, I have it stored on their server, and I need to FTP to it and grab it. I do everything via PHP on a scheduled intervals.
I wanted to show you how you can grab the XML data and parse it. You could use it directly or push it into a database, etc. In my situation, I want to update a local database with product items. Items will be updated every week. I won’t go into the database piece (let me know if you need me to go into INSERT/DELETE SQL examples).
May 29, 2009
CJ now allows you to manage/create product catalogs data feeds! This is great to be able to generate new product feeds for FTP downloads. I’m not sure if their policy for the one time $200 product feed is still there or not. Here is the announcement from CJ:
“Product Catalog Feeds are now Self Serve, which means you can add, delete or edit your catalog data feeds through the account manager. Please read our FAQ.”
In the next few days/weeks, I’ll put together a little parser script to add/update a database table. I have this in place in a few sites, but I’ll review and update the code and post it when it’s ready.
May 22, 2009
Currently, my affiliate efforts seem to be plateauing and I’ve been looking at how to continue the growth in sales. I’ve been looking at various factors that can “boost” my affiliate network. Thoughts of exploring into new niche territory, optimizing PPC efforts, producing more sites and improving existing sites. I’ve had these thoughts multiple times in the past and I believe to continually think is important and healthy in affiliate marketing.
The most common dilemma I often face is deciding on creating more sites or to improve the existing sites I currently have. I do have a good bucket of affiliate sites now, and to increase the count seems to be burdensome, but I do realize the big players out there.. have tons and tons. I also know that when I work on existing sites, I do usually see an boost in sales related to those changes.
May 3, 2009
Starting in April, I noticed a significant dip in commissions, initially from EPN. Reviewing posts at the EPN forum, I started to see others with similiar observations and complaints. Coincidentally there was a reporting error (for a small range, commissions were double posted). Currently the sites and network that I have created has been incredibly steady. Earlier in the month I did not see a decrease in traffic or clicks, just a decrease in commissions.
As the month progressed, I started to see a dip in other areas. Google Adsense was showing a drop in clicks as well but earnings are still holding up? My Commission Junction stats were also showing similar results. Immediately I thought it could have been due to Google slap, but checking Google, all of my sites are still indexed, and I’m still receiving organic traffic. Like wise, my paid YSM clicks were down as well. What does this mean?
November 7, 2008
This is a very common thread topic at Digital Point. It happens quite often and can be concerning and frustrating, but I do have a tip for everyone. I too get these, and get them often. People at Digital Point will almost automatically ask where you are from. It appears that immediate declines are indicative of filter rules that are in place at CJ. These rules could be the number of earning bars within your account or the location you listed with your account. Manual approvals take longer, and can often lead to declines as well. Since it’s a manual decline, it means that someone physically looked at your request and possibly visited a site or looked closely to your account.